Trevor Sinclair has no regrets about his year with Lancaster City hailing it a “fantastic experience”.
The former England winger arrived as Darren Peacock’s shock number two back in July 2014 as he made a return to grassroots football after a spell living in Dubai.
The 42-year-old, who was also required to pull on his boots when City were stretched on a couple of occasions, says he will always have fond memories of getting stuck in at Giant Axe.
Sinclair said: “They’re a great, dedicated group of players with a fantastic team spirit.
“When you’ve got that it’s difficult not to enjoy it as a coach.
“The players, fans, directors, officials and the army volunteers who make the club what it is have all been great.
“It’s been a fantastic experience.”
The former Queens Park Rangers, West Ham and Manchester City winger also got a chance to lead the City side on a few occasions with Peacock unwell towards the end of the last season.
Sinclair said: “FC United (in the FA Cup) was a real high.
“It was great to be involved in a day like that with the team spirit the lads showed.
“On a personal note I really enjoyed the win at Salford when I was in the hot seat.
“It was a great response from the players against a side who turned out to be the champions.”
As for what’s next, having left the club by mutual consent on Monday, Sinclair says he is going to continue to study coaching and tap into his wide network of contacts in the game.
He said: “I’m going to take a break but I’ve still got my punditry work with Sky and the BBC.
“Me and Darren are still doing our coaching badges too but there’s no rush.
“It’s a good time to reflect on things we would do again and what we wouldn’t.
“I’ll be taking in different games and looking at different talent pools.
“I’ve got quite a few good contacts now with Queens Park Rangers, (Burton Albion manager) Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Dougie Freedman at (Nottingham) Forest.
“I’ll be seeing what coaching sessions they put on and getting the scrapbook out and taking notes.”
Wherever he does end up Sinclair says he will have one eye on the Dolly Blues’ fortunes.
He said: “There’s a lot of great attributes amongst the players and it was just about taking what me and Darren saw in training into games.
“That didn’t always happen and maybe that was down to both us as coaches and the players.
“At every level it’s all about consistency.
“I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on them to see if they fulfil their potential.
“I’m proud of our work there.”